Martha Hayden
My painting is both realistic and abstract, it is on that elusive edge between there and not there.  On first look everything is in place, then all dissolves.  I want realism and abstraction to take turns.  I want a painting sometimes very evocative of time and place, sometimes overwhelming in abstract, structural logic. I look for a surprise, a drama, a different way of seeing. I try not to see anything for itself alone, but as a part of the whole. In this context, my subjects take on meanings other than the accustomed ones.  They are more than still life and landscape; they are comments on thinking and seeing

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